Goodbye Dude, Goodbye Dolly
Poker legend Doyle Brunson was knocked out on Day 2 of the $50,000 Players Championship at the 2011 WSOP, as was the last-remaining man, Jonathan Epstein, in the Ladies event.
Epstein's elimination cleared the way for Marsha Wolak to win the Ladies title and for him to finally be free from catcalls from the rail and haranguing from tournament floor staff.
Doyle's elimination may mean the end of a storied career may be upon us.
Doyle Brunson Busts the $50k, Will Skip Main Event
Normally, Day 2 of this event is not terribly exciting as the short stacks bust out and a few large stacks start to emerge.
That changed once Doyle Brunson exited from the event on Day 2.
Brunson hinted at retirement before this event if he did not play to his standards, and this what he had to say on Twitter following his bustout:
TexDolly Busted... Total nightmare... Goodbye WSOP
TexDolly No main event for me.maybe the DOJ will stake me.
Granted, professional poker players are like professional wrestlers and come in and out of retirement at will.
The only way we will know for certain as to whether this is just a post-bustout rant or serious talk from the Godfather of Poker is when the Day 1s of the Main Event are done.
As far as the actual tournament, the field was reduced from 123 to 74 players. Considering only 16 will be paid, the money may not be reached in this event until Day 4.
Ben Lamb soared in Day 2 play and finished the day as the chip leader with 704,500. Gus Hansen is in contention as well and finished with 688,700.
Day 3 will be the day to watch closely as it is customarily known as "moving day."
This is when the final few tables are reached and play starts to turn serious as the title starts to come within reach.
Marsha Wolak Wins Ladies Championship as Dubious Record is Set
The story going into the final table of the Ladies Event should have been Karina Jett, who was making her third final-table appearance in this event.
However, most eyes were on Jonathan Epstein. He was the lone male remaining in the field and nearly everyone, including the tournament floor staff, seemed to have it in for him.
To the delight of nearly everyone, Epstein was knocked out first from the final table when his Ad-Qd failed to outrun the pocket tens of Marsha Wolak.
When the river failed to improve Epstein, the table erupted into celebration and the crowd jeered him off to his 9th-place finish.
Of note, this scenario will never happen again as a new law was passed in Nevada recently that allows a casino to ban men from women's events legally.
As such, Epstein will go down in history as the only man to ever make the WSOP Ladies Event final table.
Marsha Wolak and Karina Jett were the two short stacks at this final table and oddly enough, they were the two that faced each other heads-up.
Wolak held the chip lead with 2.3 million to only 814,000 for Jett to start the match.
The heads-up "battle" lasted a single hand as Wolak was all-in with top pair and a straight draw. Jett called with a better straight draw.
Wolak hit her straight, and Jett failed to get there.
Marsha Wolak was knocked out of last year's Ladies Event by Shaun Deeb.
This year, she makes the final table and gets some poetic justice as she takes out the only man remaining and then goes on to win the bracelet and $192,344.
$1,000 No-Limit Draws 4,576
The second Day 1 start for the last $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event drew a field of 2,644, making the two day total 4,576 for this event.
Only the "Stimulus Event" in 2009 had more players for a $1k Event.
Also, the $648,880 that will go to first place will be the second largest $1k prize pool in the history of the WSOP.
Eric Afriat ended Day 1b in the top chip spot with 100,200. Paul Volpe will lead when the two fields combine on Monday with 124,500.
A field of 686 players will make their march to the money on Monday.
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